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2003-2004 Saskatchewan Alternative Budget of Choice: A Budget for Communities, By Communities

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The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) has published the Saskatchewan Alternative Budget of Choice annually since 2000. Prior to that, the Saskatchewan Alternative Budget of Choice (ABC) was a project initiated in 1996 by a group of community activists. Drafting the ABC involves democratic consultations with the communities affected by budgetary decisions made by the Saskatchewan government.

The Saskatchewan ABC works on seven principles: 1) economic policy should be committed to full employment; 2) the eradication of poverty should be a major priority; 3) policies should provide for a more equitable distribution of income and wealth in our society; 4) policies must promote environmental protection; 5) policies must acknowledge and promote the critical role of public services and social programs; 6) policies should protect and strengthen the rights of working people; and, 7) community-based economic development should be a priority of the provincial government.

The CCPA argues the provincial budget is more than just an exercise in accounting; it is a social and political document that involves social choices and expresses fundamental judgements about the kind of society Saskatchewan has, and ought to have. In this Alternative Budget of Choice, the CCPA analyzes the Government’s own budget, all sources of revenue (including tax policy), and expenditures. It then makes recommendations for alternative ways to manage the Province’s finances.

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Policy Publication Details

Author(s): Various;
Publisher: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives [ Visit Website ]
Year Published: 2003; Publisher Type: Research Institute
Publicly Available: Yes Research Focus: Provincial;
Registration Required: No Language: English
Payment Required: No Publication Format: Adobe PDF

Subjects / Categories:

Policy Articles / Fiscal & Budgetary / Federal & Provincial Budget
Policy Articles / Fiscal & Budgetary / Federal & Provincial Budget / 2003
Policy Articles / Fiscal & Budgetary

Keywords / Tags:

alternative provincial budget; revenues; expenditures; tax policy; tax cuts; income distribution; economic development; environmental protection;